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Just in time for tax season!

The West Allis Players theater group is putting the finishing touching on its spring show, "IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" I will admit that this show holds a very special place in my heart because I wrote and am directing it, but it really is my talented cast who are bringing my play to life.

Rehearsals started back in February and we did have to cancel a number of practice sessions due to snow. This spring sure has been slow to arrive and we may still have some clumps of dirty gray snow remnants for opening night on April 12. But enough about the weather...

"IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" tells the story of the murder of an accountant during the busy tax season of 1951. This is a play based on the genre known as Film Noir and the characters and suspects are the classics -- the hard-boiled detective and eager police officer, the sassy secretary, the unhappy flashy ex-wife, two disgruntled clients, the man's surviving partner and the sleazy landlord. A nice gathering of the guilty, as the detective says.

Back 1951, the deadline for filing taxes was March 15 -- amazing the stuff one discovers when doing research. We had fun finding out about life back then -- seamed nylons, 48 stars on the US flag -- Harry Truman as the president -- plus a number of other historical facts we were able to bring into the show.

Writing a play is a learning experience. A playwright should hold a workshop before presenting a play for auditions and when I did this I was put to the test to defend a number of things -- words that may not have been in use the was they are now, for example -- and I really like these forced pre-production sessions. I have a great bunch of theater friends who keep me on my toes and their sharp eyes and contributions are deeply appreciated.

This play will be fun for the audience. Lots of humor and wit, along with a plot that will keep people guessing. My cast is fantastic and I think everyone will really enjoy this show!!! Here are all the details:

"IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. April 21. Theater is at 8516 West Lincoln Avenue in West Allis. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors (60 and older) and students and may be purchased at the door. Our website is www.waplayers.org.

And next..... our summer musical is "SEUSSICAL!" Many more details to follow!

The West Allis Players theater group is putting the finishing touching on its spring show, "IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" I will admit that this show holds a very special place in my heart because I wrote and am directing it, but it really is my talented cast who are bringing my play to life.

Rehearsals started back in February and we did have to cancel a number of practice sessions due to snow. This spring sure has been slow to arrive and we may still have some clumps of dirty gray snow remnants for opening night on April 12. But enough about the weather...

"IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" tells the story of the murder of an accountant during the busy tax season of 1951. This is a play based on the genre known as Film Noir and the characters and suspects are the classics -- the hard-boiled detective and eager police officer, the sassy secretary, the unhappy flashy ex-wife, two disgruntled clients and the sleazy landlord. A nice gathering of the guilty, as the detective says.

Back 1951, the deadline for filing taxes was March 15 -- amazing the stuff one discovers when doing research. We had fun finding out about life back then -- seamed nylons, 48 stars on the US flag -- Harry Truman as the president -- plus a number of other historical facts we were able to bring into the show.

Writing a play is a learning experience. A playwright should hold a workshop before presenting a play for auditions and when I did this I was put to the test to defend a number of things -- words that may not have been in use the was they are now, for example -- and I really like these forced pre-production sessions. I have a great bunch of theater friends who keep me on my toes and their sharp eyes and contributions are deeply appreciated.

This play will be fun for the audience. Lots of humor and wit, along with a plot that will keep people guessing. My cast is fantastic and I think everyone will really enjoy this show!!! Here are all the details:

"IS MURDER TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?" 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. April 21. Theater is at 8516 West Lincoln Avenue in West Allis. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors (60 and older) and students and may be purchased at the door. Our website is www.waplayers.org.   

And next..... our summer musical is "SEUSSICAL!" Many more details to follow!

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